Customs officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) found a reticulated pyth0n hidden inside a Bluetooth speaker.
In a shipment bound for Malaysia, Customs officers intercepted a 20-inch python after a package was sent through an X -ray machine.
Officers found the package suspicious; prompting them to scrutinize the item containing a Bluetooth speaker. They took the speaker apart and found the live snake inside.
The snake was turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for proper handling and care.
Customs confirmed they will be coordinating with the shipping company to determine the identity of both the sender and recipient.
A live reticulated pyth0n can actually grow up to 32 feet and can swallow a human being or large animal.
Bureau of Customs-NAIA district collector Mimel Talusan gave a stern reminder against trading wildlife without necessary and proper permits.
Violators will face ch
arges in violation of Republic Act 9147, the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act in relation to RA 10863, the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.
Aside from imprisonment of one to two years, violators will face fin
es ranging from P2,000 to P200,000.
Customs NAIA is proud of their active efforts in protecting the borders against ill
egal wildlife trade and stopping entry and exit of c0ntrabands.
Last March 3, 2019, Customs NAIA seized as many as 1,529 exotic turtles / tortoises from Hong Kong. It was considered to be one of the biggest wildlife smuggling.
Last April 1, 2019, a total of 757 live venomous Tarantulas from Poland were also apprehended,and it was also considered to be one of the biggest spider apprehensions noted.
The BOC’s efforts have been commended by international bodies including the Traffic South East Asia; a leading international NGO working exclusively on wildlife trade.